When did you first discover acting?
I was still in grade school when I saw my brother in a Jr. High play, getting lots of laughs, and I knew I wanted to do that too. It was because of him and (weirdly enough) Harrison Ford and Michael J. Fox that I started acting.
What was your first acting role?
I’m sure I don’t remember. I’ve done several children’s plays etc. before I really realized that I loved it. I suppose the first real acting I did was in High School. My Freshman year I played Eugene (the nerd) in “Grease”. That’s probably the first role of note.
How did you get into film acting?
My background is in theater, but I always did it because I thought it was a natural gateway to film acting. It turns out, it wasn’t really. It was slightly after my wife and I got married, that I committed myself to trying to get strictly on-camera work. As a family, we decided it was the next step, so I stopped auditioning for plays and started auditioning for on-camera work.
What faith-based films have you been a part of?
I co- produced, co-wrote and directed a Faith based movie called “The Nothing”. It’s currently being distributed by Crown Entertainment.
As an actor; I most recently I had a small part in “Blue Like Jazz”. Before that, I was a part of a kids movie called “Much Ado About Middle School”, I’ve also participated in several short films and videos with various production companies.
What other films have you been a part of?
Several Indies, and countless shorts (with varying degrees of awesomeness). “Hannah Montana: The Movie” was the biggest movie I had the privilege to be a part of.
Last year I had the amazing opportunity to shoot a pilot for a sketch comedy show called “Honky Tonk Central”. It is currently being shopped to networks.
What type of character do you prefer to play?
My default setting is to always find the comedy. If I can do that in a silly sketch, or in a real flushed out character like Duke, I’m happy.
What has been your favorite character to play?
I did a short film called “Too Sunny for Santa”. It was written and directed by a young lady, Erica Techoir. It was a great story, with rich characters, and awesome actors, and crew. I really connected with the character. It was definitely one of those funny but real stories. was so proud to be a part of it.
What has been your most memorable experience on a film set?
On set for “Honky Tonk Central” was one of the most amazing times ever. It was a lot like camp. I got to write and act, I was surrounded my some hysterical people, and there was a feeling of optimism that was infectious. They’re still shopping the show, and if, for some silly reason, it doesn’t get picked up, I have those experiences in my pocket. I can reflect on them anytime in the future.
Tell us about your role in “Inspiration Pop 2929”.
“Duke” can be a little prickly, but he’s a respected member of the town. He’s flawed, like any of us. He’s a character motivated by the love he has for his daughter, and that turns out to be a catalyst for conflict. Any boy that had to meet a girl’s dad, has met Duke on some level.
Do you perform other filmmaking roles besides actor?
If you did a side by side comparison, I actually write more than I act. On some level I’m always producing; by trying to meet and connect people. I directed my first feature, and a couple of shorts, and can’t wait to do that again.
What do you do when you’re not acting?
I have a 5 year old, and a 5 month old… both boys.
What are your goals for the future?
The short answer is; I want to keep working on projects (in any capacity) that I believe in. But I’ve got an assortment of personal projects that I’d like to see released into the world.
I was so excited to be a part of Inspiration Pop. 2929. I’m really optimistic about the future of the film. It will always hold a special place in my heart. Of course because of it’s beautiful message, and the people that I met, but it was also during the filming of this movie that we found out our second son was on his way. I’ll always remember sitting off camera (supposedly thinking about the character) realizing I was going to be a dad of 2 instead of 1.